This card was an evolution. It has so many elements to it that I wasn't sure about and all together took me about 4 days to make. I love the final card but it's not at all how I envisioned it to be. Let's start with the heart border on the right. By the way, for this card I used framelits from the Love Notes framelits. I didn't get the coordinating stamp set with it because I don't do a lot of Valentines stamping so I didn't think I'd use the stamp set, I'm kinda regretting that now. Mostly because if I had bundled it I could have saved, now I'll have to get the stamp set separately. Lesson learned, when there's a bundle, just get it! Back to the heart border. This was one of the framelits that sold me. I just love that perfect row of hearts. I actually cut it twice. Once on the card base and once in Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper. I used an xacto knife to cut the center of the glimmer hearts so that the Blushing bride ones show through. The framelit cuts most of the heart I really just had to do the points on the top and bottom. That part of the card was complete and I was happy with it. At this point I had also cut a tiny envelope from the framelits along with a couple of hearts. It wasn't working as I envisioned so I set the card base aside and decided I would come back to it.
A couple days went by and nothing was really speaking to me about the cardbase but I decided to give it another try anyway. I decided to start over and forget about the other pieces that I had cut and cut another heart. This one is really cool and graphic looking. I knew I would use a sponge dauber to add a little color to it and I was afraid it would be too delicate on it's own so I cut 4 of them and adhered them all together. Once it was all dry I used a sponge dauber and some Blushing Bride ink to give it a subtle ombre look. Things were starting to come together I was really happy with it. Then I put the heart on the white cardstock. It just looked too plain. I added some color with a sponge dauber, but that was too much. To tone it down a little I used a piece of vellum and that provided the right translucent-ness to still let the heart pop but not look so bold. I added some pops of black with the sequins, paper and thread and I was finally happy with the result of the card. This card was a huge process, and I know I say it all the time but when things aren't going as planned, let it sit and come back to it. You never know what might spur creativity!